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May 3rd Weekly Newsletter

St. John Vianney Catholic School

501 N. Water Avenue; Gallatin, TN 37066; 615-230-7048;        


Believing that each child is a gift from God to be cherished, guided,

and protected, the mission of St. John Vianney Catholic School is to

assist families and the Church in their responsibility of forming

educated Christians who lovingly serve God in this life, so as to be

with Him forever in the next



May 3rd  through May 9, 2017


Letter from the Principal
Dear SJV Families:


The next week is another exciting one here at SJV!  Tomorrow we will celebrate May Crowning at all-school mass at 10am, and have our Art and Music Show at 6pm.  I hope to see many of you there!


On Friday, we have Field Day from noon to 3pm.  The weather forecast is a bit chilly with rain showers possible at times.  Please rest assured that we want your children to have a great time, and looked at the possibility of rescheduling on a warmer, drier day.  However, this event requires a large number of parent volunteers, and many of them were unable to help another day.  Mrs. Woodfin and Mrs. Raybourne already had a rain plan in place, with lots of fun indoor games, so regardless of the weather, we know it will be a fun afternoon.  We are so thankful to all of the parent volunteers, many of whom are taking the day off work on Friday or have rearranged their schedules to be with us that day.


This Sunday, our 8th graders will be confirmed at St. John Vianney during the 10:30 am mass.  This is such an important day for them in their life of faith, and I ask that you join me in praying for them, not only on Sunday, but all next week as they travel for the Washington DC trip.  I know they will all have a wonderful week, and return to school ready to complete their last week as SJV students before they graduate on Tuesday, May 23.


Have a wonderful week!


Jennifer McCormick






5/4         May Crowning Mass (PK-8)

Art & Music Show 5-6pm

5/5         Mass (7-8)

First Friday Adoration & Benediction

Field Day 12-3pm

5/7         Confirmation 10:30 am @ SJV

5/8         8th Grade trip to Washington, DC

5/9         Middle School Mass (5-7)

5/11       All School Mass (PK-7)

Athletic Banquet 6pm

5/12       Field Trip (Kindergarten)

5/15       CIA Meeting – 6pm (4th grade host)

5/17       Wildcat Wednesday (Volleyball)

Spelling Bee/Math Bee 2:15 pm

5/18       Light of Leadership Mass 10am (PK-8)

5/19       Confession (2nd Gr)

5/20       First Holy Communion 4:30 Mass

5/22       Graduation Practice

5/23       2nd Gr Field Trip

8th Gr Graduation 7 pm

5/24       Wheels in Motion

5/26       Last Day of School 11:30 dismissal

No Aftercare     



Our annual May Crowning mass will be Thursday, May 4 at 10:00 am.  Each student is asked to bring a flower to place before Mary in the opening processional.  Any type of flower is acceptable – a flower from your yard or garden, or something store bought.



The annual Athletic Banquet is Thursday, May 11th at 6pm.  This night has been set aside to honor our student athletes and show them our appreciation for representing their school on the playing fields and courts in the diocese this year.  Please turn in your RSVP no later than tomorrow (Thursday, May 4) so that we can order the appropriate amount of food.  Thank you!



Field Day is Friday, May 5 from noon to 3pm, but volunteers are needed throughout the day to make this event a success.  Click on the following link to check out opportunities to volunteer.



Field Day will be from noon – 3pm this Friday, May 5.  We are excited for a fun afternoon, starting with a free pizza lunch for all students.  (If your child doesn’t like pizza, please feel free to pack a lunch.)  Students in Pre-K, Kindergarten and first grade may come to school in athletic attire (t-shirt or sweatshirt, shorts or sweatpants, tennis shoes).  Students in 2nd through 8th grade should bring their PE clothes/shoes to change into after Adoration/Benediction.  If the rain holds off, we may be outside, so these students may also bring a sweatshirt/jacket and/or sweatpants to put on over their PE uniform, if necessary.  If it rains, we will be inside, and only PE clothes/shoes are needed.



We are very thankful to the Nashville Predators Foundation, who responded to our grant request with a $3,000 award to assist us in purchasing more iPads for the cart that was provided by the Dollar General Literacy Foundation grant earlier this year.




Current SJV Wildcat students, as well as alumni, are encouraged to share your good news with us, so we can celebrate your successes!  Email your announcements to Mrs. Kathy King at to be included in a future newsletter.



Student Service Council (5-8) – Council meets twice a month during middle school recess

Junior Science Olympiad (1-5): (1st and 3rd Tue of each month) May 16th from 3:30 – 4:30 pm

Volleyball Practice (4-6):  Monday and Wednesday from 3:30 – 5:00 pm


KROGER COMMUNITY REWARDS   If you shop at Kroger and have a Kroger Plus Card, you can support SJV with every purchase you make.  Simply sign up at and designate SJV using code 89457.  Kroger will donate a percentage of your purchase to SJV, at no cost to you.  During the last cycle (12/1/16 to 2/28/17), SJV had 55 households participate, which generated a donation from Kroger to SJV in the amount of $655.10.


CIA (Community in Action): 

Our next CIA meeting is Monday, May 15th at 3:30 pm with a presentation by our 4th grade students to get the meeting started.    All SJV families are welcome and encouraged to attend to find out what’s going on with our CIA activities and fundraisers this year and earn an hour of volunteer time!  Meetings never last more than one hour and are a great way to find out about school events and get to know other families.  See you there!

CIA Request

Parents, you still have an opportunity to provide event and fundraiser ideas for the 2017-2018 school year.  Have you attended an event or fundraiser and thought, WOW this would be great if we had this event at SJV.  Or if you attended an SJV event or fundraiser and have ideas or suggestions to improve the event, the CIA wants to hear from you!

Please email your ideas and or suggestions to Maureen Jenne by this Friday, 5/5.   The CIA will review all ideas and suggestions in May meeting!


Songwriters’ Knight at JPII – May 6, 2017

You are cordially invited to attend the second annual JPII Songwriter’s Night ~ “A Knight of Song” under the stars on Saturday evening, May 6 from 6 p.m. – 9 p.m. We are so pleased to share a night under the stars while enjoying the musical talents of Randy Albright, Johnny Bulford, Zach Janson, Michael Heeny and other friends.

Plan to arrive at JPII around 6 p.m. to find a great spot in the courtyard to set up your lawn chairs and either pack a picnic or purchase dinner from a visiting food truck. The entertainment will begin promptly at 7 p.m. You are in for a real treat . . . this is a 21+ adult only event so bring your neighbors, friends and adult family members! Visit the link below to purchase tickets.


Celebrating Catholic Education

Now and into the Future, May 6, 2017

Join the celebration of Catholic Education in support of Diocesan Catholic Schools, Saturday, May 6 at 6:00 pm.  Holy Family Parish, 9100 Crockett Rd., Brentwood.  They will honor Christ the Teacher Award recipients and their impact on Catholic Education.


Nashville Catholic Business Women’s League

Membership Reception (May 10), 6-8 p.m., home of NCBWL Board member. Fr. Kevin McGoldrick will be performing live music ( Admission is free. Please bring an Appetizer or a bottle of wine and a guest. Info: Go to Calendar & Events to Submit RSVP for address and more information. RSVP by Noon, May 8: or


Catholic Business League Breakfast Meeting May 11.

Dr. James O’Neill, Jr. MD will be the speaker at the Catholic Business League’s May Breakfast meeting. The meeting begins with Mass at 7 am at the Cathedral, followed by the breakfast meeting and program at 7:30 am in the Fleming Center. Event sponsor is NovaCopy. More information is available at


Camp Marymount Registration for 2017 Summer Camp is now open. Visit to apply. Info: 615-7699-0410 or

Request the Camp Marymount newsletter:



St. John Vianney Church Summer Fun!

Totus Tuus, a summer youth program, is being held at St. John Vianney Church June 25-30, 2017.   For grade school students (grades 1-6) the program runs Monday-Friday 9:00 a.m. until 2:30 p.m.  For junior high and high school youth (grade 7-12) the program runs Sunday-Thursday from 7:00 p.m. until 9:00 p.m.


Totus Tuus combines catechesis and having FUN!  The youthfulness and energy of the teaching team is contagious.  Come out and join us!


Cost is $20 per student or $60 per family.


Registration forms will be available in the church and school office beginning in March.


Camp JPII offers summer fun for kids age 5-18 the weeks of June 5-9th, June 12-16th, June 19-23rd, and June 26-30th. Camps run Monday-Friday in two sessions: 9 a.m.-noon and 12:30 p.m.-3:30 p.m. Before care, after care, and meal plans are available as well as the Pick Four Discount for those who sign up for four half-day camps. Info/registration: or


BLOOD DRIVES: Red Cross Blood Drive (May 7), 7:45 a.m.-1 p.m., St. Stephen, 14544 Lebanon Rd., Old Hickory. Sign up:; sponsor code: ststephen or after Mass. Info: 615-207-9434.


Catholic Charities’ Family Homelessness Initiative Program needs volunteers to support families transitioning into housing. Catholic Charities of TN’s Family Empowerment Program assists families at-risk of homelessness in Nashville achieve housing and financial stability through case management and building social support. We are in need of willing, compassionate volunteers to support our neighbors in their times of need. Many families have moved into homes without food or without the small necessities of everyday home life. Volunteers can make a drastic difference by delivering a meal or welcome basket to ensure that neighbors feel warm, supported, and stress-free upon moving into their new home. Info/to volunteer:

Catholic Charities of Tennessee:

Room In The Inn: or (615) 251-9791.

GraceWorks: or

Hope Clinic for Women: or (615) 627-2790.

Safe Haven: .


Golden Tate Football Clinic – June 3, 2017

JPII Alum Golden Tate ’07 is coming home to host the first second annual Golden Tate Football Clinic (TFC) at JPII. The free TFC will run from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. with an optional $25.00 plated luncheon to follow where Golden will be available to mingle with the guests. The lunch will wrap up at 1:00 p.m. Register online at

Camp St. Cecilia summer program for girls ages 4-17 is an oppor­tunity to have fun while learning. Campers experience St. Cecilia Academy’s academics, athletics, and fine arts programs and interact with faculty, students, coaches, alumnae, and parents. Info/registration: or or 615-293-1625.


Get artsy this summer at Camp St. Cecilia

Girls can explore the fine arts at Camp St. Cecilia this summer! Art camps include clay, mixed media, and much more. Girls can dance in a variety of dance camps. The budding actress can shine on the SCA stage in the theatre camp. If you love music, you can write songs in the songwriting camp or refine your singing voice in “Finding Your Voice.” To register and view a full listing of all camps, visit or contact Camp Director Amie Pike at .


Become a Red Cross certified babysitter at Camp St. Cecilia (June 26-28), 9 a.m.-1 p.m., Girls in grades 5-9 can learn first aid, infant and child CPR as well as, handling emergencies, and recognizing behaviors while babysitting. To register and view a full listing of all camps, visit or



Father Ryan Summer Camps – sign up now!

Father Ryan is offering a wide range of sports, drama and art programs on the campus for rising K through 12th graders. Register now. Visit online at and make your summer plans today.

10th Annual Lou Graham Alumni Golf Tournament.

Father Ryan’s Lou Graham Alumni Tournament takes place on Friday, June 2, on a new course–Gaylord Springs Golf Links–to celebrate its 10th year.  You and your golfing friends can enjoy the course and raise funds for Tuition Assistance at Father Ryan by signing up now at  It’s the start to a big Reunion Weekend at Father Ryan.



Jennifer McCormick:

Kathy King:

Julie Schaefer:

Erin Thompson:

Rita Antone:

Adrianna Wright:

Carly Woodfin:

Sheila Ferrell:

Gregory McCord:

Lori Hamlett:

Cynthia Roberts:

Casey Raybourne:

Margarett Kernell:

Clay Dixon:

Bernie Vaughn:

Susan Gerstner:


If possible, on your part, live at peace with all.

-Romans 12:18




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